I Thought You Said This Would Work by Ann Wertz Garvin
I Thought You Said This Would Work is contemporary fiction and involves a fun road trip and a serious medical condition.
Katie has called her best friends Samantha and Holly together; she needs them to fetch her dog Peanut, lost in her divorce suit, so that he can help her get through her second battle with cancer.
Peanut’s unconditional love for Katie got her through her treatments the last time and she needs his support again. Samantha and Holly cannot deny their best friend her request, but it won’t be easy; neither has spoken to each other for almost twenty years and now they are going to have to spend hours together driving a dog half way across America.
Although there was a sad undertone to this story with Katie’s cancer, this was also a fun book which had me chuckling several times. I’m sure you can guess that the trip wasn’t straightforward and I enjoyed the complications that occurred. There were also several non-human characters for animal fans to fall in love with.
I chose to read this because I do enjoy a good road trip and this one was light enough to have a feel-good factor about it; ideal for a few hours of escapism.
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A road trip can drive anyone over the edge—especially two former best friends—in bestselling author Ann Garvin’s funny and poignant novel about broken bonds, messy histories, and the power of forgiveness.
Widowed Samantha Arias hasn’t spoken to Holly Dunfee in forever. It’s for the best. Samantha prefers to avoid conflict. The blisteringly honest Holly craves it. What they still have in common puts them both back on speed dial: a mutual love for Katie, their best friend of twenty-five years, now hospitalized with cancer and needing one little errand from her old college roomies.
It’s simple: travel cross-country together, steal her loathsome ex-husband’s VW camper, find Katie’s diabetic Great Pyrenees at a Utah rescue, and drive him back home to Wisconsin. If it’ll make Katie happy, no favor is too big (one hundred pounds), too daunting (two thousand miles), or too illegal (ish), even when a boho D-list celebrity hitches a ride and drives the road trip in fresh directions.
Samantha and Holly are following every new turn—toward second chances, unexpected romance, and self-discovery—and finally blowing the dust off the secret that broke their friendship. On the open road, they’ll try to put it back together—for themselves, and especially for the love of Katie.
It sounds fun. Thanks, Rosie!
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I can tell you enjoyed this read, Rosie!
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It was fun.